About the Job

As a Telecommunications Technician, you will join the Army through the ICT Specialist pathway. ICT Specialists are streamed into a specific role as they progress through training. Allocation is based on preference, existing qualifications, performance and availability of positions.

Be at the forefront of the IT industry, operating cutting-edge technology as part of a team that is always looking towards the future. As a Telecommunications Technician, you’ll become part of the Army’s advanced information and communication systems team, the Signallers. Your collective goal is to keep the Army connected, and to keep those connections protected.

As a Telecommunications Technician, you'll be trained to use high-tech military communications equipment that will set you apart from your civilian industry peers. You'll be working in a variety of conditions so you'll need to be a quick thinker and highly adaptable. Both in the office and on deployment, you'll be responsible for ensuring all radio, fibre optics, microwave, information systems and satellite links are available when needed anywhere in the world.

No two days are the same in this job. From operations out-field to in barracks, you’ll establish and maintain systems to enable telecommunications. Your work will contribute to land, cyber and space operations.

Throughout your time as a Telecommunications Technician you'll be trained to:

  • Install, maintain and alter telecommunications systems and general equipment for Army deployments in peace, crisis or conflict
  • Plan, design, implement and maintain complex communications and information systems
  • Assist commanders to control the battle operation by communicating vital information using radio, fibre optic, information systems, satellite links and more
  • Ensure the Army's information services are available wherever needed

The training you'll receive as a Telecommunications Technician is nationally accredited, giving you formal qualifications that are highly sought-after across the wider industry. With opportunities to travel and endless courses to upskill, this is a perfect fit for someone who loves a challenge and is keen to work with state-of-the-art technology.

In-Service Information
This role is known as Telecommunications Network Engineering within the Army.
Employment Category Number (ECN): 665
Employment Category: Combat Support

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Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

National Qualifications

Elements of your Initial Employment Training you’ll receive will result in the awarding of civil qualifications. These include the ICT30519 Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology and becoming a registered cabler under the Australian Communications and Media Authority customer cabling regulatory requirements. The Open Cabler Registration licence you will receive will include cabling endorsements in structured/Cat 5/Cat 6, optical fibre, coaxial, underground and aerial cabling specialisations. Further details can be found at http://training.gov.au. 

Salary & Allowances

In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

For more details download our Salary Scales.


The Telecommunications Technician is employed in the majority of RA Sigs tactical and strategic units that operate throughout Australia. The major RA Sigs concentrations are in Melbourne, Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane and Sydney.



Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similar ‘modified’ maths are not suitable for entry to the Army Technical and Trade Scheme.

Entry to this trade is open to qualified, partially qualified and non-qualified applicants. Present your trade paperwork at the recruiting interview to ensure the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process is complete prior to entry. The recognition process cannot be commenced after enlistment.

If you have not achieved the appropriate passes for this role, an education assessment can be conducted to determine your eligibility. Employment history and other qualifications will be considered. Speak to your ADF Careers Centre representative to discuss options.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness assessment before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.


The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.


To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local ADF Careers Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.


Military Training

As a General Entry recruit, you’ll be required to complete the Recruit Course.

Army Recruit Course
Duration: Approximately 12 weeks.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During training, you will take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. You'll be challenged both mentally and physically.

Although it can be demanding, most recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. The priority of our instructors is to help you succeed.

For more information, visit Soldier Training at Kapooka.

Employment Training

The majority of Army communications personnel receive their communications training at the Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS) at Macleod, VIC. You won't find technical and communication schools with a better teacher/student ratio or better equipment and facilities. DFSS is dedicated to giving you the best technical and communications qualification possible. So you'll have a real edge in life and be assured of success in whatever employment category you choose. Unlike any other school of its kind, you will be paid while you learn and guaranteed a job when you graduate. And because you'll learn to be a soldier as well as a qualified technician person, you'll also develop a wide range of additional skills including self-discipline, confidence and a real sense of leadership.

Common Signals Training
Duration: 54 Days.

Note:Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

This course provides foundation knowledge of Corps history along with the basic skills to operate common in-service Communications and Information Systems. This course also serves to qualify graduates as basic combat communicators, operate basic in-service power generation equipment and progress to subsequent courses.

Telecommunications Systems Technician Course
Duration: 72 weeks.

Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates all aspects of the telecommunications communications equipment used in RA Sigs Units. Subjects include telecommunications cabling, satellite theory and equipment stations, circuit switch networks, telephone systems and local and wide area computer networks. On the successful completion of the course you will receive Pay Group 4.

It should be noted that there might be periods of time between courses conducted at DFSS. Should this occur, soldiers will be provided with both meaningful employment and refresher training.